Can customers use Remote Desktop Services CALs that they own as part of their volume licensing agreement to access Windows Server instances running on Azure or other service provider environments?

With effect from 1 January 2014, Volume Licensing customers who have active Software Assurance on their Remote Desktop Services User CALs are entitled to Remote Desktop Services CAL extended rights, which allow use of their Remote Desktop Services User CAL with Software Assurance against a Windows Server running on Azure or other service providers’ shared server environments. This Remote Desktop Services User CAL Software Assurance benefit allows each User to access Remote Desktop Services functionality only on one shared server environment (i.e. Azure or a third-party server) in addition to accessing the respective on-premise servers. To obtain this benefit, please complete and submit the Licence Mobility Verification form to either Azure or an Authorised Mobility Partner where the hosted graphical user interface will be running. More details are available in Appendix 2 of the Software Assurance benefit section of the Product Use Rights.

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